SCC welcomes Global UGRAD students

Southeast Community College is pleased to welcome two new international students as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia (Global UGRAD). 

Joining SCC are Kuralay Sattarbekova from Kazakhstan and Nelli Meliksetyan from Armenia.

The Global UGRAD Program aims to advance youth leadership and promote mutual understanding by providing either one semester or one year of non-degree U.S. study to undergraduates from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union. In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD students perform community service, explore American traditions through the unique Cultural Passport to America program, and engage in professional development activities.

The Global UGRAD program is highly competitive, averaging more than 2,500 applications per year with an acceptance rate of less than 3 percent.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia is sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, supported by the people of the United States, and is implemented by the International Research & Exchanges Board.

Since 1992, nearly 4,000 participants have completed the program, increasing diversity on hundreds of campuses throughout the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

The ECA works to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange that assist in the development of peaceful relations. As mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs works to build friendly, peaceful relations between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships.

More information about ECA exchanges can be found here. 

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. It enables local individuals and institutions to build key elements of a vibrant society, including quality education, independent media and strong communities. To strengthen these sectors, program activities also include conflict resolution, technology for development, gender, and youth. Founded in 1968, IREX has an annual portfolio of more than $70 million and a staff of more than 400 professionals worldwide. IREX employs field-tested methods and innovative uses of technologies to develop practical and locally-driven solutions with partners in more than 125 countries.


For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing